Riley refutes reports he called Thibodeau a 'motherf-----' following trade talks

Jo Caldwell
October 15, 2018

Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.

The results on the floor, without Butler and amid all the drama surrounding his status, seems to have weighed on the Timberwolves in preseason.

In the wake of Jimmy Butler's recent trade demand, practice outburst and ESPN interview, Garnett was asked by The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski for his take on the current situation with his former team. According to reports, he verbally confronted fellow players and Wolves general manager Scott Layden.

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In practice on Wednesday, Butler aired his grievances with several members of the organization, including Towns and Wiggins and with members of the front office. At every turn, however, it has appeared as though Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau has gotten in the way. Stay tuned for more as it unfolds.

Thibodeau told reporters he did expect Butler to end his holdout and show up for the practice. So, I understand that you got a job to do, we have a job to do, and that's what we have to do.

Butler has expressed frustration with the lack of effort he has seen from some of his young Timberwolves teammates, and George said he can see where that would bother Butler.

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"Those other two guys - Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins - they are ridiculously talented". "It's not uncommon when players scrimmage that there will be some talk, so it was competitive".

"I've got nothing but love for [Antetokounmpo] and his talent, but we let him carve us up too much", Towns said. "So, I'm not going to comment on any of that because he's also praised a lot of guys and that's never reported".

The saga with the four-time All-Star started in mid-September, when it became known that Butler told Thibodeau that he wanted a trade after a season in which he was Minnesota's leading scorer and helped the Wolves snap a 14-year playoff drought. "Maybe it's never going to happen from this point going forward". "For us it's early on and the challenge is not to get distracted, to get ready for the season".

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